Ready or not, the election is upon us; although we're still nearly two weeks away from Election Day (Nov. 4), many people vote by mail and have already received (or soon will) their ballots and may have or will soon vote.
Over the last few weeks, I've been thinking a lot about the upcoming elections in Tehachapi, and the candidates and issues that will be considered by voters as they cast their ballot this November. As an employee of the city and not an elected official, my role is to manage the day to day business of the city and to avoid political discourse when possible. Instead of engaging in political debate best left to those individuals running for office, my staff and I do our best to provide facts and information to the public and the City Council so that educated decisions can be made about the future of our great city.
Now and then, I get aggravated.
A very nice gentleman called me the other day with questions -- and a comment -- about Measure F, the sales tax increase the City of Tehachapi has put before voters on Nov. 4.
It was sad news we had to report last Thursday morning when a bear wandered into town and was killed by Tehachapi police. I talked on the phone with City Manager Greg Garrett just before that took place and he and the police officers present were really hoping they could keep the animal contained until staff from the state Dept. of Fish and Wildlife arrived.
Backing up your data is vitally important. With so many companies now seeing money in this market, there are more choices to back up your data than ever before. With so many choices, features and prices, which is the best fit for you?
I hope that by now you're aware that on June 23 the Tehachapi City Council adopted a balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year. This follows a long string of balanced budgets adopted by the city throughout the recession and into the economic recovery.
There was quite a scare in many people recently over an article that was published in the Finance section of Yahoo! News over this last week. The article was written by Julie Bort of Business Insider. In the article, she stated that Microsoft is going to completely end support for Windows 7 in the exact manner that they ended support for Windows XP earlier this year.
The story on this week’s front page about the Kern County District Attorney’s office filing civil charges against a Tehachapi business, Benz Sanitation, has me curious.
We’ve all seen the giant screaming advertisements, encouraging us to “BUY NOW.”
It's not very often that I get burned, but when I do I have to own up to my mistakes. It's what my family has always taught me. It's the right thing to do.
As I hope you've already heard, the Tehachapi City Council adopted another balanced budget on June 23. Our city staff members and I have worked diligently for the past five years, throughout the recession, to adopt balanced budgets while delivering high quality municipal services and while still building several new public projects. We've been able to do this by staying focused on our internal goals, which center on the simple idea that our role is to create and maintain a safe, sustainable, and attractive community.